Jimi Goodwin: Oh! Whiskey

Any Doves fans out there?? You'll want to listen to this, lead singer Jimi Goodwin is releasing a solo album!  The track "Oh! Whiskey" has just been released so we finally get a glimpse at what he's been up to musically after all these years.  This is the first music release by Goodwin since Doves' 2009 album Kingdom of Rust and let me say it's so nice to hear his voice ...

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French Camp: Albatross

It's an odd day here in Baltimore, the sky is pale white with the morning fog that still hasn't lifted as we go into afternoon. Everywhere you look is a dense mist.  I felt the track Albatross by French Camp was a fitting sound track to this December day. The track was released on the band's second album Odd Particle.  It opens with a quiet plucking guitar and Beverly's hushed ...

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Wild Child: Crazy Bird

It's been a while since we've mentioned the Austin based group, Wild Child, and despite this being a little late I feel like their music is always post-worthy. On time or slightly delayed. Wild Child's sophomore album "The Runaround" debuted in October and we at EPNI couldn't be more excited to dive into the wonderment that is Wild Child for a second round. With playful vocals and banjos n' brass, ...

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Lord Huron: She Lit a Fire

I am woefully behind on posting about this band. I had this album since sometime in the spring. In fact, this album was my theme music for this past spring and summer, but when you work full time and go to school it leaves little time to blog, and plenty of time to listen in the car during your commute.  Maybe since its now fall going into to winter this ...

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London Grammar: Wasting My Young Years

Let me preface this post by saying you might want to drop everything and listen to this track now.  The second I heard the vocals I had to get the entire album.  I'm pretty sure you may react the same way I did. London Grammar is a trio from Nottingham, England consisting of Dot Major, Dan Rothman and vocalist Hannah Reid. Their debut album If You Wait came out in ...

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Snowden: The Beat Comes

It's been a long time, folks.. I've been on a whirlwind adventure personally for the past 6 months but I'm back. Shout out to Renee for covering for a bit and doing the best she could to post whenever possible. You've been a HUGE help and so glad to have you on the earplugs team! :) But I'm back. Back with a song I've been playing pretty loud lately on my long ...

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Akron/Family: Samurai

Happy Friday kids! I've been digging this new track from Akron/Family called "Samurai". It's off of their new album, Sub Verses. The instruments on this song are so lush and beautiful, a reverb-drenched landscape to get totally lost in. Even without the lyrics I would be listening to this on repeat. But the words are great too, sung from the perspective of a samurai who seems to be as ...

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Hiss Golden Messenger: Devotion

I started my post-holiday week with the new Hiss Golden Messenger album, Haw, which is pretty fitting with all of its biblical references.  Hiss Golden Messenger is known for this, as well as a blend of traditional country, folk, gospel, soul, rock, and other American-born genres (all of which with their own histories with biblical references).  They're all mixed up together and reformed in songwriter M.C. Taylor's singular voice, ...

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Talking Heads: Once In A Lifetime (Ari Why Remix)

Whoa, just heard this remix by producer/DJ/musician Ari Why of the ever-classic "Once In A Lifetime" by the Talking Heads. Loving it!! He takes one little ominous line from the original version, "Here comes the twister", and turns it into the backbone for a whole new dark and brooding lanscape.  In the original song, David Byrne sounds like a man stumbling through life.  In Ari Why's version, he's ...

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Pow Wow!: The Devil Came To Me

SXSW-goers! We've got another band for you to see this year: Pow Wow! from New York City.  Their debut full-length album, Don't Stop To Look was released in late 2012, and they're gearing up to promote it far from their northeastern home. They have a string of shows at SXSW this year, so there's plenty of opportunities to check them out. Don't Stop To Look is a catchy little record, and "...

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